Leading Industry professionals from the worlds of Media and Business inspired over 150 students at Sir George Monoux College on 21st of June 2017, as part of Monoux Masterclass Day.
The project was funded by the Association of Colleges 'Teach Too' project and Sir George Monoux College was the only sixth form college in the country to be selected. This is just one of a number of events at the College where employers have given their time to provide our students with crucial insight into how Creative Businesses work and offer 'real world' advice on the skills to develop in order to progress a career.
Jamie Thraves, Director of Music Videos for the likes of Sam Smith, Radiohead and Coldplay presented a new film to the students and they were thrilled to have a World Premier in their classroom. Lucy Kaye, documentary film maker for the BBC and Channel 4 shared her work and is keen to work with the college's students next year on documentaries exploring local community issues.
It was really good to see Lucy's first ever film because I could see how she has progressed over time and learnt lots of new skills. Seeing her work and listening to her has inspired me to look at all the opportunities on offer for me in the future.
Dacre Bracey, Creative Director and Founding Editor of RWD, the UKs no 1 youth and lifestyle magazine and now focussed on Profit X Loss, a brand used by celebrities such as 50 Cent and Skepta, spoke about his own journey and skills young people need.
10 other speakers delivered on topics on branding, graphic design, music industry, personal coaching, communication and training solutions and enterprise. Shari Fearon from the GoodJobs campaign was previously a student at Monoux and delivered a class on, she said: "If I can do it, you can too."
This masterclass was really interesting because Shari was a student at this college and seeing her success has shown how studying at Monoux can lead you to exciting jobs.
Director of Curriculum, Ian Goldthorpe led an Employer Forum after the event to discuss the range of skills that young people need to have in order to be successful.
The top skills employers wanted included - follow your interests and your passions, have confident presentation skills, be a good team player, and don't be afraid to learn from mistakes.
On the 16th of June the College was part of the E17 Art Trail where students, in addition to exhibiting their work at the College, acted as journalists and learned about promoting through social media.
If you are an employer that would like to being involved with the college please contact the College on firstname.lastname@example.org.